12 Nov 2015

The Great Storm of 1987 #Throwbackthursday

As #StormAbigail approaches, now seems the time to remind everyone of the devastating effects of strong winds. #ThrowbackThursday

Throwback Thursday

The Great Storm of 1987 was a violent tropical cyclone that occurred on the night of 15–16 October 1987, with hurricane-force winds causing casualties in England.

In south-east England, where the greatest damage occurred, gusts of 80mph were recorded continually for three to four consecutive hours. During this time the storm caused substantial damage over much of England, downing an estimated 15 million trees.

Fallen trees, fences, scaffolding and other debris blocked roads and railways and the winds left widespread structural damage to thousands of windows and roofs. Several hundred thousand people were left without power, not fully restored until more than two weeks later.

The storm cost the insurance industry £2bn, making it the second most expensive UK weather event on record.

That day's weather reports had failed to indicate a storm of such severity.

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